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Market Commentary  29208
August, 2018 Data:

Part 1
FORECASTS

12 MONTH FORECAST
The 12 month forecast for the S&P Global Index is in the table at the top of this
page. Forecast-Chart.com is forecasting a S&P Global Stock Index of 104. The
table shows a HDTFA of 12 which suggests that the September, 2019 S&P
Global 100 could easily close anywhere between 115 and 92. Links to
Forecasts for twenty-two other stock indexes may be found by clicking Stock
Market Forecast at the top of any page.

BULL MARKET or BEAR MARKET?
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subscribers only. A time delayed primary trend forecast is provided to non
subscribers. Artificial Intelligence is used to forecast major turning points in the
broad U.S. Stock Market. The forecast is either a Bull Market Signal (up) or a
Bear Market Signal (down). This mathematical system performed very well in a
one hundred year backtest and also in real time since going live in 2005. To get
the forecast signal for the broad U.S Stock Market, click Stock Market Forecast
at the top of any page. Then select the Bull Market & Bear Market Forecast.

10 YEAR FORECAST
Forecast-Chart.com publishes a 10 Year Forecast for the following stock
market indexes: Dow Jones Industrial Average,  FTSE 100 (United Kingdom),
Hang Seng (Hong Kong), S&P 500, S&P SmallCap 600, S&P MidCap 400,
NASDAQ 100, TSX Composite (Canada), Russell 3000, Russell 2000, Russell
1000 and the Wilshire 5000. For example, the probability that the S&P 500
equity index will be down at least 20% in 10 years is estimated (August, 2028
close compared to August, 2018 close). Over 100 YEARS of historical data was
used to calculate the probabilities. The indexes with the highest probability of
gaining over 200% in the next 10 years are the Hang Seng and the S&P TSX
Index. The indexes with the lowest probability of gaining over 200% in the next
10 years are the S&P SmallCap 600, S&P MidCap 400,  Russell 2000, NASDAQ
100 and the Dow Industrial Average. To see these forecasts, click the Stock
Market Forecast link at the top of any page, then select the index you are
interested in.





Part 2
MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

All Time High                          97 (January, 2018)
August, 2018 close                97
Decline From All Time High     0%
10 Year Return                       44%
5 Year Low                             67 (February, 2016)
Gain From 5 Year Low            44%

The highest all time monthly close in the S&P Global Index was 97 in January, of
2018. The August, 2018 close was 97. That's a decline of 0 points or 0% below
the S&P Global Stock Index all time high.  The S&P Global Index is up 44% over
the last 10 years. It has gained 12% over the last 12 months.

The August close was 1.62 points higher than the July, 2018 close of 96,
resulting in a 1.69% rise in August.

The 5 year market low for the S&P Global Stock Index was 67 in February of
2016. The August, 2018 close at 97.2 represents a 44% gain since February,
2016.

Forecast-Chart.com's historical research covers the S&P Global 100 back to
January, 2001. All calculations are based on the monthly market close in the
S&P Global Index, excluding dividends.

This page provides a five year chart and a forecast for the S&P Global Stock
Index. For links to longer term charts, look at the links under the five year chart
(above). One link opens a ten year chart. Another opens our longest term
graph on the S&P Global Index. Just one glance at our long term charts can
provide tremendous insight into the historical trends of the financial markets.





























Part 3
ROLLING RETURNS, 2000 - 2018: S&P Global Index

Rolling Period          Last / Percentile          Best / Average / Worst
1 Year                     12% / 66th                  47% / 4% / -46%
2 Year                     30% / 85th                  70% / 8% / -47%
4 Year                     23% / 63rd                  76% / 15% / -37%
8 Year                     81% / 98th                  106% / 19% / -40%
16 Year                   110% / 100th              110% / 54% / 8%

How do you read the table?
For example: Rolling 2 year period returns are shown on the second row. In the
latest rolling 2 year period, (9/2016 - 8/2018), the S&P Global Index returned
30%. That period scored in the 85th percentile, meaning that it scored better
than 85% of all rolling 2 year periods since 2000. The Best rolling 2 Year period
since 2000 returned 70%. The worst returned -47%. The average rolling 2 year
period returned 8%.

What is a rolling period?
It's an overlapping period in a data base. For example: In the 2 year period
included in 2000 - 2001, there are 13 complete rolling 12 Month Periods. The
first is January, 2000 - December, 2000. The second is February, 2000 -
January, 2001. The third is March, 2000 - February, 2001 and so on. The last
complete rolling 12 Month Period in the 2000 - 2001 period is January, 2001 -
December, 2001.

How is this information useful?
Best and worst case scenarios may be estimated based on historical facts.
Also, the relationship of the periods is sometimes very helpful. Suppose that the
worst rolling 8 year period in the last 50 years returned -30%. Suppose also
that the latest 4 year period has returned -50%. Market psychology at this point
may be one of great fear or possibly even panic. If the market stays flat for 4
more years, it will break the 8 year decline record by a whopping 20%! (-50%
minus -30% equals -20%.)  50 plus year records are not often broken. That
provides reason to hope that the market will recover that 20% over the next 4
years. If it does, then the 8 year loss will be 30%. The longest index histories
are found in the DJIA, FTSE 100 with FT 30, DJTA, DJUA, S&P 500, & NASDAQ
100

The number of periods in each category for the S&P Global Index are as follows:
1 Year: 201
2 Year: 189
4 Year: 165
8 Year: 117
16 Year: 21

Dividends are not included.











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Target Month:
Forecast:
HDTFA:
September, 2019
104
12
 
Forecast for the monthly close of the S&P Global Stock Index for the
target month indicated.     See commentary and 10 year forecast below.